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I’ve been over this dozens of times. Trump’s base, the Republican base, is loyal at all costs. While none of their ideals, opinions, thoughts, whatever they are, have no basis in any fact I can think of, they believe in this nonsense with all their strength. Many of them understand this but they vote Republican anyway. We’re not going to change their minds and proof of this is Trump’s consistent poll numbers.
While most pundits think polling in the low 40’s is bad, it’s all Trump needs to win the electoral college. The few that may vote for someone else are easily swayed by nonsense deflection. Hillary’s emails. Evil Mexicans. A silly wall to keep out nasty people and drugs. I read today that drones are delivering drugs across the Mexican border. Just as I said a few posts back.
Yet these anti-tax, anti deficit Republicans will buy into any amount of money spent on futile programs whose only purpose is to exploit their unfounded fears and phobias will support this nuttery.
We’re not going to convince them to change their ways. Nobody wants to admit they’re wrong. These people take the Bible literally. It’s of great stories and cautionary lessons but Jonah did not get swallowed by a whale only to be coughed up a few days later. He would have drowned and been digested. Unless of course one of the lost tribes of Israel has been hiding in the belly of a great whale the last 3,000 years. Than I take this back.
It’s obvious a national health insurance plan would be a boon for business. Relieving the burden of health insurance expense from employers would be a great asset for them. Especially smaller businesses. Hard enough to retain good employees since many of them can’t compete with larger ones that can offer health insurance. Plus the cost of individual health plans is astronomical. Many of these small business owners rely on their spouse having a job with group health insurance. Without it they would have to close and find employment.
I faced this dilemma once. Yet most of these small business owners dutifully vote however the Republican front group, the Chamber of Commerce, tells them to vote. And it’s going to be Republican. Yet I’ve never seen this explained by any candidate how bad for at least the small businessperson, Republican actions truly are. I’ve tried on a personal level with people I know but it makes no difference. I may get a grudging agreement from some of my friends but they’re not voting anything but Republican anyway. No matter who the Republican is.
There will be no unity in this Nation until the Democrats can get control of government and govern well. And unfortunately for those of us to farther end of the left leaning spectrum some of what you want ain’t gonna happen. Not for years. There’s not going to be any meaningful gun control. Defense spending isn’t going to be slashed and the savings put into education. The defense industry is the largest welfare system in the world.
We Republicans claim to hate welfare but we’ll all be damned if a military base in one of our districts will be closed. Or a plane or tank the military says it doesn’t need or doesn’t work will not be built anyway. We claim this will all be paid for by tax cuts which will pay for themselves even though that isn’t true. But it’s what our people want to hear and most of them believe it since we’ve hammered on it for generations.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims he can bridge the divide. He can bring centrist Republicans and Democrats together to vote for him. He’s nuts. The term “centrist Republican” is just a phrase used by loyal Republicans to win an election in a swing state. Susan Collins is not a “centrist.” She’s an obedient servant to whatever whims Mitch McConnell or President Trump are whimming. John McCain wasn’t a centrist. He was obedient. I can think of only one vote he made and that was to finally screw back a guy that screwed him when he voted against Obamacare repeal.
Jeff Flake is no hero. He ended up voting for Bret Kavanaugh anyway. And they all claimed to be conservatives in their campaign brochures sent to loyal Republican voters who will vote for the Republican anyway. For a Billionaire CEO Mr. Schultz is a deluded fool to think he could win. If he ran against Susan Collins though he could have made a difference and held far more power in the Party than his actions will give him now. But they don’t listen to me. Neither do my wife and kids so I’m used to that.
I like Elizabeth Warren. She’s incredibly smart and well-informed. I just don’t see that she is electable on the national level. White guys bore me. I like Joe Biden but age could be a factor in the next election and I think he’s older than Trump.
The best hope for a Democrat victory, at this time anyway, is Kamala Harris. Not because she’s black or female. But because she can present herself as a tough on crime, no-nonsense prosecutor. Granted, some of her decisions make some of the lefties cringe. But she can present the case that Democrats are tougher on crime than Republicans.
While the Republicans are tripping all over themselves to protect Trump and other rich people, Kamala can show a record of putting criminals behind bars. And criminals of all colors to boot. She will always have that to fall back on in debate and town halls. She can make a legitimate claim that she’s the one that will put criminals behind bars while the inept Republicans will still whine that Hillary isn’t. And every time Trump says that ignorance, it would only make Kamala, a real tough on crime asshole that the 80,000 people spread across three states would vote for that wouldn’t vote for Hillary. And like I’ve always said, more often than not, people vote against rather than for.
The big prize of course is the Supreme Court. To vote against Kamala because one is angry over one of her decisions is a vote to repeal everything that’s been accomplished since the 1950’s. Unless one agrees that separate but equal, voting rights, Roe V Wade, Miranda etc, are bad things. Then vote against Kamala. Then spend the rest of your life convincing yourself you stood up for something while Trump and his Republican party dismantle everything you say you stand up for.
Maybe someone else will come along better than Kamala. I don’t know. All I know is if whomever the Democratic nominee is doesn’t receive the support of everyone outside the 42% that think Trump is Jesus, the Dems will be on the outside looking in for a long time to come.